Chicken Garden - Are These Alright?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by TillinWithMyPeeps, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. TillinWithMyPeeps

    TillinWithMyPeeps Waiting for Spring...

    Aug 22, 2008
    I was just putting in a seed order for my Chicken Garden, a small garden completely for my chickens. I just wanted to make sure the following would be alright for them to eat:

    Rainbow Swiss Chard
    Buttercrunch Lettuce
    Turnip Greens
    Collard Vates (Collard Greens?)

    Any advice is appreciated!
    Is there anything not listed that sould be in the garden?

  2. Lesa

    Lesa Songster

    May 28, 2008
    Upstate NY
    The one flower in my chicken area that they did not ever touch- even when everything else was gone was a clump of calendula. I could not get my chickens interested in carrots. They would half heartedly munch on the carrot tops, but would not touch carrots themselves. I did grind some up small and add it to oatmeal, which they did eat. I don't think you need to go crazy, if you plant nothing but swiss chard, they will be thrilled! I froze a bunch of mine and thaw it out for them in winter. They love it!! The wild birds planted a clump of sunflowers. The chickens let them grow and then ate them when the seeds developed. I was surprised they didn't just destroy them...
  3. TillinWithMyPeeps

    TillinWithMyPeeps Waiting for Spring...

    Aug 22, 2008
    That is really weird that they wouldn't go for the calendula, supposedly it makes really nice colored egg yolks. I hope that mine will eat it. (I think the petals are what they are supposed to eat)

    It sounds like you have some genius chickens though, cultivating their own food [​IMG]
  4. phalenbeck

    phalenbeck Songster

    Aug 14, 2008
    Canton, N.C.
    Tomato--Tomato and more tomato. Mine were nuts for Pumpkins.
  5. Catalina

    Catalina Songster

    Jul 19, 2007
    Cucumbers! Pumkins! Squash! Watermelons or any kind of melon. Cabbage - I grew baby cabbage last year- it was very popular.
    Kale - super easy and very popular.
    Broccoli and cauliflower - also super popular, even the stocks and roots.
    My girls like carrots- I buy them from the store, in the winter, just for them.
    What ever you plant - plant 10x the amount you think they will eat.
  6. North Briton

    North Briton In the Brooder

    Jan 16, 2009
    Hi Guys, Some info....

    .Plants Poisonous to Poultry

    Aconitum sp.---monkshood---leaves
    Actea pachypoda---white baneberry, cohosh---berries
    Agrostemma githago---common corn cockle---seeds
    Araujia sericifera---no other info available
    Arisaema triphyllum---jack-in-the-pulpit---roots and stems
    Asclepias mexicana, syriaca, tuberosa, verticillata---milkweed, silkweed, cottonweed---tops more toxic than roots
    Cicula maculata---poison hemlock, spotted hemlock, cowbane, water hemlock---roots and young shoots
    Colchicum autumnale---Autumn crocus---roots and stems
    Conium maculata---spotted parsley, carrot fern, poison hemlock---all plant parts
    Convallaria majalis---Lily-of-the-Valley---roots and stems
    Cocoa waste
    Crotalaria---250 species---seeds
    Daphne mezereum---february daphne---berries
    Datura stramonium---jimson weed, thorn apple, stinkwort, Jamestown weed---leaves, roots and seeds
    Daubentonia---no other info
    Delphinium sp.---larkspur---foliage
    Dicentra sp.---Bleeding heart, dutchman's breeches---roots and stems
    Digitalis purpurea---foxglove---leaves
    Equisetum arvense, hymale---horsetail, scouring rush---leaves and stems
    Erysimum crepidifolium---hedge mustard---all plant parts
    Eupatorium rugosum---white snakeroot---all plant parts
    Gloriosa superba---gloriosa lily---roots and stems
    Glottidium vesicarium---harper seed---seeds
    Hedera sp.---all english ivies---berries
    Hyacynthus sp.---hyacinth---roots and stems
    Iris sp. ---iris, flags---roots and stems
    Laburnum anagyroides, vulgare---Golden chain tree---seeds
    Menispermum sp.---moonseed---seeds
    Mustard---this is a huge family of plants---all species should be deemed toxic
    Narcissus sp.---Narcissus, daffodil---roots and stems
    Ornithogalum umbellatum---star-of-Bethlehem---roots and stems
    Petroselinum sp.---parsley--- roots
    Phytolacca americana---pokeberry, poke salad, pokeweed---roots stems and berries
    Podophyllum peltatum---mayapple, mandrake---roots stems and berries
    Rhum sp.---rhubarb---leaves
    Ricinus communis---castor bean---beans (seeds)
    Robinia pseudoacacia---black locust tree---fruit and bark
    Solanum---potatoe---green sprouts
    Solanum nigrum---black nightshade, poisonberry---berries especially when green
    Symplocarpus foetidus---skunk cabbage---foliage
    Taxus sp.---yews---foliage and berries
    Xanthium pennsylvanium---cocklebur, sheepbur, clotbur---foliage especially when young

    BEWARE !

    Last edited: Jan 17, 2009
  7. cw

    cw Songster

    Jan 11, 2009
    green co.
    what about ky pole bean its a type of green bean i have bout 500 seeds left from it last year
  8. Hi there! Try looking at this other BYC item: Feed Marigolds to Chickens for Darker Yolk Color... It has a lot more info.
  9. Skip

    Skip Songster

    To the person two posts above me, nice list!

    This is another one, it lists many more poisonous plants, but there are certain things I know you can feed to chickens that are listed here as poisonous. Certain things you can feed in moderation in this link, such as Amaranth and Pigweed (same thing, really) so don't trust what you read. My advice, look on several sites that say what's poisonous and what's not.

    Hope this helps a little.
  10. Catalina

    Catalina Songster

    Jul 19, 2007
    Pole beans! Good idea! My girls jumped 4 feet off the ground, straight up, to strip the leaves off of my pole beans. Fun to watch!

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